Diversity Spotlight Thursday | #17

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Diversity Spotlight Thursday is a weekly meme created by Aimal! Every week, you come up with one book in each of three different categories: a diverse book you have read and enjoyed, a diverse book on your TBR, and one that has not yet been released. You can check out the announcement post for more information.

Guys, I’m so excited to be taking part in my first Diversity Spotlight Thursday. I think this feature is a fantastic idea. It allows us to share our love for a book we’ve already read & then we also get to talk about books we want to get all grabby hands over. I’m just thrilled to share more diverse books! Let’s do this! 🙂

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E M P R E S S  O F  A  T H O U S A N D  S K I E S  B Y  R H O D A  B E L L E Z A 

This was a semi recent read for me and oh my goodness, I absolutely loved it. I actually have a review of it on the other blog I co-blog at, Novel Ink, that you all can check out here. I’m in a huge reading slump and this book really helped me start to get out of it so heck yes to that. This is a SFF that will have you intrigued from beginning to end. The plot was somewhat predictable but I was still 100% into the story. Not only did I love the whole storyline, but I adored each character. The characters were so wonderful and I really connected with them which was fabulous. You really just feel apart of the world when your’e reading Empress of a Thousand Skies. 

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I R O N  C A S T  B Y  D E S T I N Y  S O R I A 

This book. I don’t know why I haven’t picked it up yet because I have heard so many rave reviews. Okay, I lied, I know why I haven’t picked it up yet. I’m not into historical fiction that much, but I think this one will blow me away and put my dislike towards the genre in the dust. I just keep hearing about how every aspect of this book keeps you intrigued. The only thing that I have heard bad about this book is the first 50 pages are a bit slow, but then it just takes off and has blown it’s readers away. Really, guys, I’m super excited to read this book and I have it from the library right now so I’d say…keep an eye out for my review in the near future! 😉

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1 0  T H I N G S  I  C A N  S E E  F R O M  H E R E  B Y  C A R R I E  M A C

Goodreads Summary:

Think positive.
Don’t worry; be happy.
Keep calm and carry on.

Maeve has heard it all before. She’s been struggling with severe anxiety for a long time, and as much as she wishes it was something she could just talk herself out of, it’s not. She constantly imagines the worst, composes obituaries in her head, and is always ready for things to fall apart. To add to her troubles, her mom—the only one who really gets what Maeve goes through—is leaving for six months, so Maeve will be sent to live with her dad in Vancouver.

Vancouver brings a slew of new worries, but Maeve finds brief moments of calm (as well as even more worries) with Salix, a local girl who doesn’t seem to worry about anything. Between her dad’s wavering sobriety, her very pregnant stepmom insisting on a home birth, and her bumbling courtship with Salix, this summer brings more catastrophes than even Maeve could have foreseen. Will she be able to navigate through all the chaos to be there for the people she loves?

This book sounds wonderful and I don’t know why it wasn’t on my TBR (*hint* it is now). I feel like the topic that it covers will reach out to many people, if done well, and I think that is much needed. Keep your eyes peeled for 10 Things I Can See From Here.

R E L E A S E  D A T E :  2 8 T H  F E B R U A R Y

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P O S T S  F R O M  A R O U N D  T H E  B L O G O S P H E R E

Sanne @ Sanne in Bookland | Jo @ Once Upon a Bookcase


  1. I hadn’t heard of 10 Things I Can See From Here, but it sounds so good! And featuring an intersectional character, too. Definitely one I’ll be looking out for! I’m not a huge fan of historical novels, myself, but I haven’t heard much about Iron Cast. I don’t think it’s published in the UK. Empress of a Thousand Skies sounds pretty epic, but sci-fi isn’t really my bag. Saying that, it does have a fairy tale feel to it, which I generally love. I think I’ll look out for a few more reviews. Thanks for your suggestions!

    Here’s my Diversity Spotlight Thursday post.

    • Right? I saw it when looking at one of Aimal’s old posts and I was like wow, this sounds super good. Sci-fi isn’t really my thing either, but I think it was handled well in this book. The genre isn’t really thrown in your face, yanno? It was a great read all around for me!

  2. I really enjoyed 10 Things I Can See From Here (A+ representation all-around, but especially in the realm of anxiety and mental health). Iron Cast and Empress of a Thousand Skies are definitely both on my TBR!

    • That makes me happy to hear, love! I saw some reviews that were bad, but none said anything about the representation so I was nervous it may be bad, but I’m glad you thought it was wonderful! 😀 & YOU NEED TO READ EOATS, IT IS SO GOOD.

  3. Firstly, I just wanted to say that I love y’all’s new little introduction thing at the top right of the blog. It’s really cute. I really want to read The Iron Cast. It sounds so interesting! I love Historical Fiction (although I don’t pick it up all that often) and it’s also sort of fantasy, right? I love that combination. I’m currently reading a book right now where the main character is mixed (her father is Jamaican I believe and her mother Irish).


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